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Rameau: Platée & Dardanus Suites / Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque


Release Date: 08/29/2007 
Label:  Conifer   Catalog #: 51313   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau
Conductor:  Nicholas McGegan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Rameau's stage works yield colorful, rhythmically vital orchestral suites

"Because dance was such an essential component of French Baroque opera, Rameau's stage works yield colorful, rhythmically vital orchestral suites. It would be an overstatement to say that these suites offer distillations of the dramas from which they are drawn. But they tell us a great deal about the fertility of Rameau's imagination. Faced with standard dance movements that more typically interrupt the drama than further it, Rameau composed music of great variety and energy.

There is always, of course, the nagging feeling that one ought to be listening to the complete opera, that the suite is like a digest version of a great
Read more book. But Nicholas McGegan and Philharmonia Baroque, a period-instrument group based in San Francisco, make a superb case for the practice...The orchestra's string and wind textures have an appealing bite as well as complete transparency. And the playing over all has a kind of electricity that suggests the drama of the works from which the dances are drawn."

Allan Kozinn, New York Times [4/7/2000]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Platée: Suite by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Conductor:  Nicholas McGegan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1745; France 
2.
Dardanus: Suite by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Conductor:  Nicholas McGegan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; France 

Featured Sound Samples

Platée: Suite: Orage
Dardanus: Suite: Tambourins

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